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About Renewable Energy

The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy was established to carry out action-oriented, practical activities on renewable energy in line with the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy focuses on activities that help significantly increase the uptake of renewable energy in the region and that help achieve the objective of access to energy for all in the UNECE region. The Group of Experts facilitates regulatory and policy dialogue and sharing of best practices on various renewable energy sources, including biomass, with a view to increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Overview of Activities on Renewable Energy

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TThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)  issued the REN21 UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2017

The UNECE Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report 2017 provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of renewable energy and energy efficiency trends in the following 17 selected countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The report was launched on 12 June 2017 at the Energy Ministerial and 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, 11-14 June 2017

Two COP23 workshops aimed at fostering renewable energy within the UNECE region

Two workshops, held alongside of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, seek to establish a venue for the exchange of information on Renewable Energy within the region. Collaboratively, decision makers from governments, market regulators and businesses being active in selected UNECE countries shall identify both challenges and barriers to the deployment of renewable energy sources and possible solutions for addressing these. 

One workshop, held on November 13, focuses on renewable heat. The second event, held on November 14, specifically deals with renewables in the electricity sector.

Most notably, the one-day events feature two modules that are meant to create room for exchange: In a first step, participants will have the opportunity to present, discuss and critically assess the current market situation for renewables in their countries. Moreover, a multi-peer discussion process shall enable the representatives to address difficulties, share experience and outline adequate solutions with regards to the development of renewable electricity and heat markets.

These events are organized by the German Energy Agency (dena) in close cooperation with the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

If you are interested in more information or want to participate in one of the workshops, please follow this link for the event on renewable heat and this link for the electricity workshop.

Please register until 26 October 2017 via dena‘s website. Here you can also find more information.

HIGHLIGHTS

Work Plan 2016-2017 of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

Menu of Efficient and Economic Technologies and Policies to Promote Them in the ECE Region is here proposed as a working document  for a framework to exchange best practices in policies in order to accelerate renewable energy uptake in the region. It is the basis for a practical tool for collection, classification, exchange and use of information on concrete cases.

UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report: Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the UNECE have joined together to produce the UNECE Regional Renewable Energy Status Report 2015: ToR of the UNECE Status Report.